Asian Venture Philanthropy Network concludes South Asia Social Investment Summit 2023; urges transformative collective action in the region

23 January 2023


Event by Asia’s largest network of social investors highlighted key issues faced by the Global South

Mumbai, India – Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), the largest network of social investors across Asia, kick-started the South Asia Social Investment Summit 2023 in Mumbai. The two-day summit took place at the Jio World Convention Centre, and hosted speakers such as Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive, British Asian Trust, Shirish Sinha, Director, Climate, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India, and Naina Subberwal Batra, CEO, AVPN. The event was also attended by leaders across policymaking, social investing and the management of impact organizations, who engaged in discussions to streamline transformative collective action in the region.

This year, the fourth edition of AVPN’s signature event was designed to highlight issues hindering sustainable development in South Asia. These included concerns around the slow pace of progress of developing countries towards achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and collective efforts that must be made to promote gender equality, livelihood opportunities for the youth, energy transition, ecosystem development and health equity.

On the occasion, Naina Subberwal Batra, Chief Executive Officer, AVPN said, “AVPN makes possible catalytic collaborations between policy makers, family offices, foundations and the private sector to collectively increase the impact and flow of capital deployed towards closing the SDG gaps in Asia. Our endeavor with the event was to support the Indian Government with their SDG realisation, by identifying where capital needs to be moved to make the most impact. Due to India’s immense influence over Asia and its role as the G20 President for this year, it is vital to make the country the center of conversations among venture philanthropists.“

Through this event, AVPN aims to forge bold collective action for social development and unpack the role of the private and social sectors in contributing to not just India’s development but also the Asia region. Keeping crucial conversations going from Indonesia’s G20 Presidency to India’s G20 Presidency, AVPN will continue championing the Asian voice and provide Asian solutions to global challenges.

About AVPN

AVPN is the world’s largest network of Social Investors in Asia, with over 600+ diverse members across 33 markets. Their mission is to close the SDG gaps in Asia, by enabling their members to increase the flow of financial, human, and intellectual capital towards impact. Through sharing knowledge and innovating collaborations between policy makers, family offices, foundations, and the private sector, AVPN improves the effectiveness of capital deployed; bringing to bear the local field needs, regional expertise, and policy insights.

Further information about the South Asia Social Investment Summit 2023 can be accessed here.

For further information, please contact:

Nikita Mitra
Manager, MSL
[email protected]
+91 9167289986

Susie Lim-Kannan
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, AVPN
[email protected]
+65 6536 1824

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